Sport Hamilton takes fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win

23:30  16 july  2017
23:30  16 july  2017 Source:   Read Sport

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Lewis Hamilton won his third consecutive British Grand Prix on Sunday, his fourth overall. Nico Rosberg finished second but was placed under investigation following controversial team radio call. Lewis Hamilton took his third consecutive British Grand Prix win with an easy victory at Silverstone.

Lewis Hamilton remains on course for a fourth consecutive British Grand Prix win after claiming pole position at Silverstone. Hamilton took the 67th pole of his career – one behind Michael Schumacher’s record – with a scintillating display in front of an expectant home crowd.

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Lewis Hamilton cruised to a fourth consecutive British Grand Prix victory at Silverstone ahead of team-mate Valtteri Bottas as both Ferraris hit tyre trouble in the dying stages.

Hamilton enjoyed the perfect getaway from pole position after an aborted start following Jolyon Palmer’s stoppage on the formation lap, with Max Verstappen passing Sebastian Vettel for third.

An early safety car period followed after a clumsy collision between the two Toro Rosso team-mates of Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat at Becketts. Sainz was forced to retire, with Kvyat handed a drive-through penalty.

Hamilton plays down absence from F1 Live event

  Hamilton plays down absence from F1 Live event Lewis Hamilton says preparing for this weekend’s British Grand Prix in the best way he could was the main reason for his absence from Wednsday’s F1 Live event in London. Hamilton was criticised for being the only driver not to attend the event, which proved to be extremely popular amongst the fans in attendance as Formula 1 drivers took to the streets of the capital. After losing more ground to Sebastian Vettel in the title race after his fourth place finish in Austria, Hamilton flew to Greece for a small break in preparation for his home race at Silverstone. When questioned in the FIA press conference for his reasoning to not appear at F1 Live, Hamilton defended his decision, citing the intensity of the 2017 season as an important focus. “Everyone had the right to make the decision for themselves,” said Hamilton. “For me, I felt that it’d been a pretty intense season so far, so I needed to prepare the best way that I could for this weekend, and the season is the most important thing to me.” The three-time champion goes into the weekend looking to match Jim Clark’s record of four consecutive British Grand Prix victories – and Hamilton admitted he appreciates the support of the fans whenever he races on home soil. “I feel like I prepared the best way I could for this weekend,” he added. “People have opinions, but it’s a very intense season and I’m trying to prepare for the battle ahead. I love this Grand Prix. “I don’t think yesterday plays a role in how great this Grand Prix is for me.You get people who have saved up so much to come to this Grand Prix. “You will have seen from previous years how much I respect and appreciate that. And that doesn’t change.

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Hamilton proceeded to pull away from Kimi Raikkonen at the restart, while Vettel and Verstappen engaged in a monumental battle as the Dutchman defended fiercely from the Ferrari.

Vettel then pitted on Lap 19 and executed the undercut to perfection, emerging ahead when the Red Bull driver stopped on the following lap.

The leaders then followed suit, while the soft-shod Valtteri Bottas stayed out before switching to the faster supersofts for his final stint on as he continued his impressive fightback.

Daniel Ricciardo, who had started from the back, promoted himself into the points places by overtaking both the Force India drivers on fresh rubber.

At the front of the field, Bottas had closed in on Vettel, who offered only a brief defence before the Mercedes driver swept past. Bottas was then elevated to second as what seemed to be a puncture forced Raikkonen to pit.

Remarkably, Vettel then suffered a tyre failure at the death and could only limp home in seventh, meaning his lead in the championship was slashed to a single point.

It was a comparatively serene afternoon for Hamilton, who equalled Jim Clark’s record of five British GP victories as he led home Bottas and Raikkonen.

Verstappen also made a late pit-stop but salvaged fourth place, with Ricciardo completing his charge by overtaking Hulkenberg in the final laps to grab fifth.

Esteban Ocon, Sergio Perez and Felipe Massa rounded out the top ten on a memorable afternoon at Silverstone.

Hamilton: no current reason to quit F1 .
Lewis Hamilton says there is no current reason for him to retire from Formula 1 at the end of this season, amid speculation about his long-term future. Hamilton, who closed to within one point of Sebastian Vettel after winning the British Grand Prix, refused to rule out calling an end to his career but insisted it would be unlikely. It is suggested the three-time champion could walk away from the sport after 2017 with other projects in mind, however, Hamilton says he will honour his Mercedes contract which runs out next year “I can’t really say what is going to happen six months from now,” said Hamilton. “I love driving and you could say it [retiring] is very unlikely, I’m just saying that you don’t know what frame of mind I am going to be at Christmas time. Hopefully it’s a really good one with a fourth title. “I feel like I’m at my prime. I feel like I’m driving better than ever and I’m loving driving with the team. So I can’t imagine…there is no current reason to want to have to stop. “I’m still enjoying it and I still have a contract with the team for at least a year so I plan to see that out at the moment.” Should Hamilton go on to win a fourth championship, he would be the first Briton to achieve that feat, but the 32-year-old says the hunger to add to his ever-growing tally will continue to remain until he stops driving. “Even if I do get another championship, it would never be a case of ‘now it’s time to hang up my gloves’,” he added. “I will always want to win more even when I do stop. The focus at the moment is just getting that fourth.

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